The best 65 Capitalism & The Free Market books

Capitalism and the Free Market play a crucial role in shaping our economies and societies, influencing everything from business practices to individual opportunities. To gain a deeper insight into this complex subject, our book list offers a comprehensive selection of key works that shed light on the inner workings of capitalism.

Dive into our collection to uncover the foundations of capitalism, explore its impact on society, and understand the dynamics of the free market. Ready to unravel the mysteries behind economic systems? Start your exploration today!

The best 65 Capitalism & The Free Market books
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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Fooled by Randomness

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and the Markets
4.6 (529 ratings)
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What's Fooled by Randomness about?

Fooled by Randomness (2001) is a collection of essays on the impact of randomness on financial markets and life itself. Through a mixture of statistics, psychology and philosophical reflection, the author outlines how randomness dominates the world.

Who should read Fooled by Randomness?

  • Investors and financial professionals who think they understand the nature of risk and performance
  • Anyone interested in human decision-making
  • Anyone who reads the newspaper every day to gain valuable information

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich August von Hayek

The Road to Serfdom

Friedrich August von Hayek
4.4 (218 ratings)
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What's The Road to Serfdom about?

The Road to Serfdom (1944) explains the potential of socialist systems to become totalitarian and why this was so significant after WWII. These blinks will show you how socialist planning can lead to a loss of freedom, individuality and democracy.

Who should read The Road to Serfdom?

  • Anyone interested in classic liberalism
  • Anyone skeptical of state control over the means of production

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Ha-Joon Chang
3.9 (212 ratings)
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What's 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism about?

In 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Ha-Joon Chang destroys the biggest myths of our current economic approach. He explains how, despite what most economists believe, there are many things wrong with free market capitalism. As well as explaining the problems, Chang also offers possible solutions which could help us build a better, fairer world.

Who should read 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism?

  • Students of economics who are fed up with mainstream teaching
  • Anyone who takes an interest in the financial crisis and why nobody saw it coming
  • Anyone wondering why levels of inequality are so high

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang

Economics: The User’s Guide

Ha-Joon Chang
4.3 (158 ratings)
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What's Economics: The User’s Guide about?

Economics: The User’s Guide lays out the foundational concepts of economics in an easily relatable and compelling way. Examining the history of economics as well as some critical changes to global economic institutions, this book will teach you everything you need to know about how economics works today.

Who should read Economics: The User’s Guide?

  • Anyone interested in the history of economics
  • Anyone interested in the intersection of politics and economics
  • Anyone who dozed through Economics 101 in college

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Coined by Kabir Sehgal

Coined

Kabir Sehgal
The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us
3.5 (31 ratings)
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What's Coined about?

Coined (2015) offers an in-depth explanation of money, a powerful and complex force that many of us take for granted. It examines money’s historical roots and explains the relationship between it and our emotions, while offering theories on the future evolution of money.

Who should read Coined?

  • Historians or anthropologists, or people interested in these topics
  • Bankers or people curious about the origins of money

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: No Ordinary Disruption by Richard Dobbs, James Manyika and Jonathan Woetzel

No Ordinary Disruption

Richard Dobbs, James Manyika and Jonathan Woetzel
The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends
3.9 (28 ratings)
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What's No Ordinary Disruption about?

No Ordinary Disruption (2015) details four forces that are changing the world’s markets in profound ways. These blinks show you how the business world, the jobs that support it and the market that shapes it are transforming and what companies, governments and individuals need to do to not only survive but succeed in this new world order.

Who should read No Ordinary Disruption?

  • CEOs, marketing executives and students of business
  • Anyone interested in economic development and global finance

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Box by Marc Levinson

The Box

Marc Levinson
How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
4.5 (41 ratings)
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What's The Box about?

The Box (2006) tells the tale of modern transportation’s poster child, the container, and how it revolutionized the shipping industry and enabled globalization. These blinks will take you on a detailed journey through this seemingly simple but revolutionary change in global systems of trade.

Who should read The Box?

  • Professionals in logistics, transportation or trading
  • People interested in globalization
  • Every economics and business student

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Saving Capitalism by Robert B. Reich

Saving Capitalism

Robert B. Reich
For the Many, Not the Few
4.0 (72 ratings)
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What's Saving Capitalism about?

Saving Capitalism (2015) is a biting critique of the world’s economic order but also an optimistic look into how capitalism could support the common good. These blinks will teach you how and why capitalism is failing most people, and where it needs to go to do right by the majority.

Who should read Saving Capitalism?

  • Economists and students of capitalistic systems
  • Anyone living and working in a capitalistic society
  • Activists and people fighting for social justice

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Buffett by Roger Lowenstein

Buffett

Roger Lowenstein
The Making of an American Capitalist
4.5 (158 ratings)
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What's Buffett about?

Buffett (1995) tells the tale of Warren Buffett, from his humble beginnings as a boy with a paper route for the Washington Post to his success as one of the newspaper’s largest shareholder. But of course, that’s not all. Today, Warren Buffett is one of the world’s wealthiest people and one of its biggest philanthropists. Find out how he got there, and how he applies his unique mix of hard work, consistency and frugality.

Who should read Buffett?

  • Investors and traders looking for a role model
  • Stock market junkies
  • Students of business or management

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Peers Inc by Robin Chase

Peers Inc

Robin Chase
How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism
4.0 (12 ratings)
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What's Peers Inc about?

Peers Inc (2015) provides an insider’s look at how the modern sharing economy is changing the way companies and consumers do business. It also explains how this economy may be a cure for the planet’s many ills, from rising temperatures to dwindling resources.

Who should read Peers Inc?

  • Readers interested in Zipcar, Airbnb and similar companies
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Climate-change activists

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert

Empire of Cotton

Sven Beckert
A Global History
4.5 (48 ratings)
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What's Empire of Cotton about?

Empire of Cotton (2014) chronicles the long and complex history of that fluffy plant – cotton. These blinks detail how the cotton industry connected the world from Manchester, England, to rural India, while describing the incredible impact that cotton production has had on the development of economic systems.

Who should read Empire of Cotton?

  • Historians, economists and political scientists
  • People interested in the history of capitalism and globalization
  • Anyone curious about the history of their jeans and T-shirts

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams

Inventing the Future

Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams
Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
4.0 (50 ratings)
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What's Inventing the Future about?

Inventing the Future (2015) is a radical manifesto for the political left. These blinks describe why the current political tactics of the left are failing, explain how neoliberalism has become today’s dominant global ideology and propose a future based on full automation and a universal basic income.

Who should read Inventing the Future?

  • Political activists and thinkers
  • Students of political science and sociology
  • People tired of working nonstop, who want to be part of a different world

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Common Good by Robert B. Reich

The Common Good

Robert B. Reich
3.9 (51 ratings)
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What's The Common Good about?

The Common Good (2018) is a call for Americans to try and work toward the collective good once again, rather than continue along the path of “whatever-it-takes-to-win,” which has been the overriding mentality for the last few decades. The author outlines the importance of the common good and how we should go about restoring it.

Who should read The Common Good?

  • Americans who are concerned about the current political environment
  • People who feel that Western capitalism is losing its moral compass
  • Those interested in American cultural and social history

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Managerial Revolution by James Burnham

The Managerial Revolution

James Burnham
What is Happening in the World
3.6 (28 ratings)
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What's The Managerial Revolution about?

Drawing on powerful arguments and demonstrating extraordinary insights, in The Managerial Revolution (1941) James Burnham investigates the rise of a new ruling class – the managers – who promised to unseat wealthy capitalists from their prime position in the mid-twentieth-century economy. Although written over seven decades ago, the themes and arguments from this book still resonate in today’s society.

Who should read The Managerial Revolution?

  • History buffs looking for fresh insights into the mid-twentieth century
  • Anyone curious about how a capitalist economy works
  • Those looking for a new perspective on current affairs

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate by Brian Murray

Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate

Brian Murray
How a Small Investor Can Make It Big
4.1 (150 ratings)
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What's Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate about?

Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate (2017) provides a peek at the secrets behind the author’s phenomenal success in the real-estate market. Full of readily applicable advice for prospective investors, the book will also help established property owners make the most of their real estate. Along the way, the author shares examples from his many years working in the industry.

Who should read Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate?

  • Budding investors considering buying commercial real estate or apartments
  • Anyone looking for tips on starting a successful small business
  • Real-estate novices who want to know more about the industry

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Capitalism by James Fulcher

Capitalism

James Fulcher
A Very Short Introduction
4.1 (142 ratings)
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What's Capitalism about?

Capitalism (2015) chronicles the history of the dominant socioeconomic system that society runs on today. From its humble beginnings in medieval Europe to its present global dominance, capitalism’s history is marked by its dynamic – and sometimes unstable – nature. Nevertheless, its influence on how society has developed over the last 200 years is paramount to understanding the modern human condition.

Who should read Capitalism?

  • Anyone hoping to understand our modern, capitalist world
  • Those affected by the 2007-2008 financial crisis and wondering how it came about
  • Students of political science or history

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Capitalism Without Capital by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake

Capitalism Without Capital

Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake
The Rise of the Intangible Economy
4.6 (78 ratings)
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What's Capitalism Without Capital about?

Capitalism Without Capital (2017) is an account of the growing importance of the intangible economy. Today, for the first time, most developed economies are investing less in tangible, physical assets such as machinery and factories, than in intangible assets such as software, research and development capability. These intangibles are hugely valuable but do not exist in physical form. The blinks ahead explore the nature of this trend, as well as its effects on business, the economy and public policy.

Who should read Capitalism Without Capital?

  • Anyone interested in business and investment
  • Economists
  • Those seeking to understand the sudden rise of behemoths like Apple and Google

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman

Capitalism and Freedom

Milton Friedman
4.4 (577 ratings)
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What's Capitalism and Freedom about?

Capitalism and Freedom (1962) is one of the most influential discussions of the relationship between economic and political freedom to have ever been put to paper. Written at the height of the Cold War between Soviet socialism and Western capitalism, Milton Friedman argues that only free markets can guarantee liberty. His theory remains every bit as relevant and thought-provoking today as when it was first published.

Who should read Capitalism and Freedom?

  • Economics buffs fascinated by the intellectual history of the last century
  • Free-marketeers, classical liberals and libertarians
  • Opponents of free-market capitalism interested in the other side of the argument

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital by Nathan Latka

How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital

Nathan Latka
The Four Rules You Must Break to Get Rich
4.2 (185 ratings)
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What's How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital about?

How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital (2019) unlocks the secrets of the capitalist system to show budding entrepreneurs how to make big bucks without burning the candle at both ends. Packed with creative hacks and actionable advice, self-made multimillionaire Nathan Latka demolishes the myth that you need a ton of money or a dazzlingly original idea to get rich. So what do you do need? Simple: a willingness to break established rules and chart your own course.

Who should read How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital?

  • Entrepreneurs and self-starters 
  • Financial and business experts
  • Anyone looking for a new career

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter D. Kaufman

Poor Charlie's Almanack

Peter D. Kaufman
The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
4.3 (324 ratings)
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What's Poor Charlie's Almanack about?

Poor Charlie’s Almanack (2005) delves into the life and investment philosophies of one of the world’s most reclusive billionaires: Charles Munger. As vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Munger has been instrumental in investment decisions that have yielded profits in the billions of dollars. But Munger isn’t only interested in money. In these blinks, you’ll learn about his inspiring ethical investment philosophy, how he espouses the importance of paying taxes, and how he is a devoted philanthropist, donating money to educational institutions and causes like Planned Parenthood.

Who should read Poor Charlie's Almanack?

  • Investors wanting some tips about how to pick the most lucrative stock 
  • Economic historians interested in the career of one of the most successful capitalists of our time
  • Psychology buffs curious about the mental processes behind investment decisions

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Third Pillar by Raghuram Rajan

The Third Pillar

Raghuram Rajan
The Revival of Community in a Polarized World
4.5 (41 ratings)
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What's The Third Pillar about?

The Third Pillar (2019) traces the evolving relationship between the three “pillars” of human life – the state, markets and communities – from the medieval period to our own age. Economist Raghuram Rajan argues that, throughout history, societies have struggled to find a sustainable balance between these pillars. Today is no different: caught between uncontrolled markets and a discredited state, communities everywhere are in decline. That, Rajan concludes, is jet fuel for populist movements. But a more balanced kind of social order is possible.

Who should read The Third Pillar?

  • Anyone apprehensive about the rise of intolerant political movements
  • Historians and economists
  • Community organizers and neighborhood activists

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier

The Future of Capitalism

Paul Collier
Facing the New Anxieties
3.9 (195 ratings)
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What's The Future of Capitalism about?

The Future of Capitalism (2018) offers a candid analysis of capitalism that calls for a return to communitarian ethics to mend rifts between families, communities and nations. Diagnosing the failings of modern liberalism, Paul Collier proposes the reintroduction into economic thinking of ethical concerns. He also suggests pragmatic policies that might forge a capitalism that works for everyone.

Who should read The Future of Capitalism?

  • Students of political science and economics
  • Policy makers interested in cultivating a new center left
  • Skeptics of capitalism’s potential

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Americana by Bhu Srinivasan

Americana

Bhu Srinivasan
A 400-Year History of American Capitalism
4.3 (75 ratings)
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What's Americana about?

Americana (2017) traces the history of the USA from one key perspective: capitalism. Bhu Srinivasan shows how the development of the country has been closely bound up with the development of capitalism, from the New England colonies’ earliest days to the most recent innovations of Silicon Valley or Wall Street.

Named by The Economist as one of the best books of 2017

Who should read Americana?

  • American history enthusiasts
  • People interested in the economy past and present
  • Fans – or enemies – of capitalism

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire by Rebecca Henderson

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Rebecca Henderson
3.9 (164 ratings)
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What's Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire about?

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire (2020) asks us to rethink the way our economic system functions if we’re to survive our current crises, like climate change, inequality, and authoritarian populism. In this guide to the future, Rebecca Henderson describes how we must instill purpose into our business ventures, so that they create shared value, rather than merely shareholder value.

Who should read Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire?

  • Business leaders and CEOs looking to change the world
  • Economists and academics interested in rethinking capitalism
  • Anyone interested in the world of the future

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand

The Virtue of Selfishness

Ayn Rand
A New Concept of Egoism
4.1 (159 ratings)
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What's The Virtue of Selfishness about?

The Virtue of Selfishness (1964) is an argument in favor of self-interest and capitalist economics. At the time of its publication, it was a bold and original assertion of a new moral creed. This daring work is sure to challenge many deeply held ideals.

Who should read The Virtue of Selfishness?

  • Contrarians fond of audacious moral arguments 
  • Entrepreneurs in favor of free enterprise
  • Political enthusiasts interested in challenging their convictions

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy by Joseph Schumpeter

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy

Joseph Schumpeter
Essential analysis on where the world economy is headed
4.2 (638 ratings)
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What's Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy about?

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1942) is a seminal work of economics. Its ideas have proven prophetic, and remain relevant to this day. It claims that capitalism will ultimately be eroded by the very processes that define it. It also explains the differences between capitalism and socialism and their relationship to democracy, and helps readers understand the role of entrepreneurship and creative destruction in modern capitalism.

Who should read Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy?

  • Students of the social sciences
  • Those interested in politics, economy, and their histories
  • Critical thinkers curious about the future of capitalism

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: A Brief History of Motion by Tom Standage

A Brief History of Motion

Tom Standage
From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next
4.3 (94 ratings)
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What's A Brief History of Motion about?

A Brief History of Motion (2021) provides a revealing overview of the history, and possible future, of the automobile. From the invention of the wheel, to early steam engine contraptions and the enticing promises of automated cars, you’ll find out how these vehicles changed the course of human history, and the unexpected problems they’ve caused along the way. 

Who should read A Brief History of Motion?

  • Gearheads
  • Anyone concerned about climate change 
  • Investors wondering about the future of transportation

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: How to be a Conservative by Roger Scruton

How to be a Conservative

Roger Scruton
3.7 (177 ratings)
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What's How to be a Conservative about?

How to be a Conservative (2014) presents the case for traditional conservatism in a world that seems inhospitable to its existence. In this short volume, English philosopher Sir Roger Scruton lays out the case for the nation-state, a free market, and a more sensible approach to multiculturalism and human rights.

Who should read How to be a Conservative?

  • Those who walk on the right side of politics
  • Anyone interested in political philosophy
  • Leftists looking for an alternative perspective

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Financial Feminist by Tori Dunlap

Financial Feminist

Tori Dunlap
Overcome the Patriarchy's Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love
4.1 (325 ratings)
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What's Financial Feminist about?

Financial Feminism (2022) debunks the money myths and exposes the systemic oppression that keeps many stuck in toxic jobs or cycles of debt. Offering practical solutions that everyone can start today to close the wage gap, ramp up financial fitness, and build the life of their dreams.

Who should read Financial Feminist?

  • Anyone feeling stuck living paycheck to paycheck
  • Those who want to retire someday
  • Anyone frustrated by the sexist wealth gap looking to build a more equal future

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism by Bernie Sanders

It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism

Bernie Sanders
3.9 (284 ratings)
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What's It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism about?

It’s OK to be Angry About Capitalism (2023) is a critique of the economic and political system in the US. It offers a blueprint on how to move past unbridled capitalism onto a fairer and freer future.

Who should read It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism?

  • Everyone interested in the idea of democratic socialism
  • Those who’d like to understand Bernie Sanders’s political agenda
  • Anyone concerned about inequality

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Myth of American Inequality by Phil Gramm, Robert Ekelund & John Early

The Myth of American Inequality

Phil Gramm, Robert Ekelund & John Early
How Government Biases Policy Debate
4.0 (96 ratings)
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What's The Myth of American Inequality about?

The Myth of American Inequality (2022) corrects widespread misconceptions about inequality in the United States. Taking aim at misleading official statistics, it shows that poverty has all but disappeared in today’s America and that the gap between rich and “poor” isn’t nearly as large as many people assume. 

Who should read The Myth of American Inequality?

  • Politicos and policymakers
  • Historians and economists
  • Anyone interested in contemporary debates about economic justice

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Power Failure by William D. Cohan

Power Failure

William D. Cohan
The Rise and Fall of an American Icon
4.4 (231 ratings)
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What's Power Failure about?

Power Failure (2022) details the rise and fall of General Electric – once a great success story of international business.  But its legacy went badly awry, as even casual consumers of business news will remember. Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon (2022) gives a startlingly detailed account inside the behemoth corporation, examining what went right – and then wrong.

Who should read Power Failure?

  • Anyone interested in the inside workings of business
  • Leaders who want to learn from the experience of CEOs going through difficult times 
  • Employees who want to better understand the forces at play inside the companies that dictate their future

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Money Men by Dan McCrum

Money Men

Dan McCrum
A Hot Startup, A Billion Dollar Fraud, A Fight for the Truth
4.5 (54 ratings)
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What's Money Men about?

Money Men (2022) is the astonishing story of the rise and fall of Wirecard. Once described as the PayPal of Europe, it took a small group of analysts, whistleblowers, and the tenacity of one journalist to finally bring this house of cards down.

Who should read Money Men?

  • Financial crime die-hards
  • Lovers of all things stranger-than-fiction
  • Cautious investors

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
4.5 (334 ratings)
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What's Brave New World about?

Brave New World (1932) is a dystopian novel set in a world where citizens are socially engineered to be complacent and pleasure-seeking. It’s a world that worships Henry Ford –⁠ a scaled-up version of an assembly line that’s mass produced, homogenous, and ultimately consumable. 

Who should read Brave New World?

  • Anyone fascinated by dystopias, utopias, and everything in between
  • People concerned about the state of modern society
  • Fans of George Orwell who want a very different take on dystopia

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The End of the World Is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan

The End of the World Is Just the Beginning

Peter Zeihan
Mapping the Collapse of Globalization
4.4 (232 ratings)
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What's The End of the World Is Just the Beginning about?

The End of the World Is Just Beginning (2022) asks what happens if or when the United States stops policing the global order it established after the Second World War. The short answer is that the world as we know it will come to a grinding, potentially violent halt. The longer answer takes us on a thrilling ride through the politics and economics of trade, energy, and foreign policy. 

Who should read The End of the World Is Just the Beginning?

  • History buffs 
  • Politicos with an interest in foreign policy
  • Anyone trying to figure out global events

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis
4.3 (50 ratings)
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What's American Psycho about?

American Psycho (1991) is a controversial cult novel that uses graphic violence to satirize modern capitalism and consumer culture. It follows the life of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy and handsome investment banker living in Manhattan in the 1980s. Beneath his polished exterior lies a psychopathic killer who preys on his victims without remorse. Bateman’s exploits quickly grow more and more extreme, and his mask of sanity starts to slip.

Who should read American Psycho?

  • Fans of the the 2000 movie starring Christian Bale
  • Readers who enjoy Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, and William S. Burroughs
  • Anyone who enjoys dark humor

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Profit Over People by Noam Chomsky

Profit Over People

Noam Chomsky
Neoliberalism and Global Order
4.3 (406 ratings)
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What's Profit Over People about?

Profit Over People (1999) is a deep dive into the often hidden world of neoliberalism, revealing how global power structures and US policies are influenced by corporate interests. You’ll be taken on a journey that uncovers an economic system geared toward the affluent, often to the detriment of the many.

Who should read Profit Over People?

  • Students of economics or international relations 
  • Policymakers and businesspeople
  • Curious minds interested in the way our world works

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller
4.3 (48 ratings)
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What's Death of a Salesman about?

Death of a Salesman (1949) is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest plays. A poignant critique of the promises and pitfalls of capitalism and the American Dream, it follows the salesman Willy Loman, his increasingly tense relationships with his family and colleagues, and his tragic, hallucinatory descent into fantasy and madness. 

Who should read Death of a Salesman?

  • Budding playwrights and theater enthusiasts
  • People curious about the dangers of unbridled capitalism
  • Anyone interested in modern drama

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

Basic Economics

Thomas Sowell
A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
4.4 (625 ratings)
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What's Basic Economics about?

Basic Economics (2000) provides a broad yet comprehensive introduction to economic principles, without requiring a background in the subject. Avoiding complicated jargon, it explains core economic concepts in plain English, with the help of real-life examples. 

Who should read Basic Economics?

  • Those looking for an introduction to key economic topics
  • Savers wondering what banks do with their money
  • Anyone who’s asked themselves how dams and highways get built

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Flash Boys

Michael Lewis
A Wall Street Revolt
3.9 (221 ratings)
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What's Flash Boys about?

Flash Boys (2014) is an investigation into the dark underbelly of the US financial markets. It also chronicles the birth of a new stock exchange, the IEX, created to counteract a rigged system that was facilitated by technological loopholes and a lack of transparency.

Who should read Flash Boys?

  • Anyone who’s ever invested in the stock market
  • People interested in stories of financial corruption
  • Fans of underdogs who fight the system

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: How to Day Trade for a Living by Andrew Aziz

How to Day Trade for a Living

Andrew Aziz
A Beginner's Guide
4.2 (201 ratings)
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What's How to Day Trade for a Living about?

How to Day Trade for a Living (2015) propels you into the exhilarating world of day trading, equipping you with proven strategies and insights for consistent income. This no-nonsense guide demystifies complex concepts, revealing how you can turn the stock market into your personal ATM.

Who should read How to Day Trade for a Living?

  • Novice traders wanting to start day trading
  • Intermediate traders looking to brush up on their knowledge of the basics
  • Trading enthusiasts

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes

The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money

John Maynard Keynes
3.9 (48 ratings)
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What's The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money about?

The General Theory of Employment (1936) is a deep dive into the complexities of economic activity and employment. It critically examines how factors like interest rates, human psychology, and speculation influence investment and, ultimately, employment. It argues for more direct intervention by public authorities in organizing investment to mitigate instabilities, particularly during periods of economic downturn.

Who should read The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money?

  • Economics students seeking in-depth knowledge
  • Policymakers interested in macroeconomic strategies
  • Enthusiasts of economic theory and history

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand
3.7 (207 ratings)
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What's Atlas Shrugged about?

Atlas Shrugged (1957) plunges you into a dystopian America where the economy stagnates and society crumbles. As you navigate this complex narrative, you'll meet ambitious industrialists and scheming bureaucrats, and encounter the enigmatic question, "Who is John Galt?" Prepare to grapple with philosophical themes of capitalism, individualism, and self-interest in this intricate web of economics, politics, and human resilience.

Who should read Atlas Shrugged?

  • Fans of philosophical fiction and thought-provoking narratives
  • Advocates of individualism and laissez-faire capitalism
  • Readers interested in dystopian novels and societal critique

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Capital by Karl Marx

Capital

Karl Marx
A Critique of Political Economy
4.3 (356 ratings)
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What's Capital about?

Capital (1867) represents a groundbreaking analysis of money and its many roles at the height of the industrial revolution. By focusing on the exploitation of the working class, the text challenges traditional economic theories and frames a capitalist economy as a system inherently leading to social inequality and class struggle.

Who should read Capital?

  • Students studying political theory, economics, or sociology
  • Those curious about one of the most influential texts in economics
  • Readers seeking insights on class struggles and social inequalities

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas

Trading in the Zone

Mark Douglas
Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline, and a Winning Attitude
4.0 (230 ratings)
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What's Trading in the Zone about?

Trading in the Zone (2001) is a deep dive into the psychological aspects of stock trading. It presents a view into a trader's mind, identifying how fear and overconfidence often lead to financial downfall. It also offers a practical framework to manage risk, navigate uncertainties, and develop a winning mindset – enabling anyone to overcome emotional barriers and make more consistent and profitable trades.

Who should read Trading in the Zone?

  • Aspiring traders eager to learn psychological stock market strategies
  • Financial professionals seeking to refine their decision-making skills
  • Psychology enthusiasts curious about the intersection of psychology and finance

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey & Raj Sisodia

Conscious Capitalism

John Mackey & Raj Sisodia
Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
3.3 (164 ratings)
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What's Conscious Capitalism about?

Conscious Capitalism (2013) outlines a new vision of enlightened business built on higher purpose that serves all major stakeholders, not just shareholders. It provides insights and examples for creating passionate, value-driven corporate cultures that bring out the best in people.

Who should read Conscious Capitalism?

  • Business leaders seeking purpose
  • Executives wanting to inspire employees
  • Entrepreneurs aiming for positive impact

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What's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism about?

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905) argues that the work ethic and values of early Protestant sects like Calvinism strongly influenced the development of capitalism in Western Europe. Weber's classic text traces these cultural origins, exploring how religious changes catalyzed the rise of modern economic systems by reshaping mindsets surrounding work, enterprise, and the accumulation of wealth.

Who should read The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism?

  • History buffs craving works that explore important cultural trends
  • Political minds seeking the foundations of contemporary social divides
  • Anyone curious about the roots of modern work culture – and how to change it

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens
4.4 (119 ratings)
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What's A Tale of Two Cities about?

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel set against the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the French Revolution and London in the late eighteenth century. The story revolves around the lives of Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a dissolute English lawyer, who share a striking physical resemblance. As the novel unfolds, it explores themes of sacrifice, resurrection, and the stark contrast between the two cities of Paris and London, ultimately culminating in a powerful and emotionally charged climax.

Who should read A Tale of Two Cities?

  • History enthusiasts
  • Literature lovers
  • Students of social justice

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: When McKinsey Comes to Town by Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe

When McKinsey Comes to Town

Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe
The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm
4.1 (349 ratings)
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What's When McKinsey Comes to Town about?

When McKinsey Comes to Town (2022) is a riveting deep dive into how the world’s most powerful consulting firm fosters inequality, corruption, and global instability. It examines McKinsey’s ties to controversial industries and governments, and reveals the stark contrast between the firm’s lofty values and its actions – from incentivizing opioid prescriptions to supporting authoritarian regimes. 

Who should read When McKinsey Comes to Town?

  • Anyone interested in politics and policy
  • Fans of investigative journalism
  • Leaders trying to avoid similar missteps

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: To Dye For by Alden Wicker

To Dye For

Alden Wicker
How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick
4.3 (36 ratings)
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What's To Dye For about?

To Dye For (2023) exposes how the fashion industry harms human health and exploits workers through its use of toxic dyes and lack of supply chain transparency. It delves into the environmental and human costs behind our clothes, while also spotlighting companies innovating health-conscious dyes and production methods. Ultimately, it challenges consumers to make informed choices in order to pressure brands to clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries.

Who should read To Dye For?

  • Consumers wanting to make health- and eco-conscious clothing choices
  • Fashion and textile industry professionals
  • Environmental and workers’ rights activists

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty

Capital and Ideology

Thomas Piketty
3.1 (123 ratings)
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What's Capital and Ideology about?

Capital and Ideology (2019) delves into the historical evolution and justification of economic inequality across various societies and ideological systems. It scrutinizes the roles of property relations and educational structures in consolidating wealth and power, concluding with proposals for progressive policies to mitigate prevailing inequalities.

Who should read Capital and Ideology?

  • Economic students exploring comprehensive analyses of wealth disparity and its historical context
  • Historians interested in the evolution of economic structures and ideologies across civilizations
  • Policy-makers seeking to understand and address economic inequalities

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow

The House of Morgan

Ron Chernow
An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
3.5 (161 ratings)
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What's The House of Morgan about?

The House of Morgan (1990) chronicles the influential Morgan dynasty, who shaped the course of modern finance through their shrewd financial acumen and keen understanding of world economic currents. This portrait, spanning four generations, details the rise of the Morgans from Victorian London to their pinnacle during the 1987 financial crisis. 

Who should read The House of Morgan?

  • Financial enthusiasts
  • History buffs
  • Corporate professionals

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Capitalist Manifesto by Johan Norberg

The Capitalist Manifesto

Johan Norberg
Why the Global Free Market Will Save the World
3.8 (17 ratings)
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What's The Capitalist Manifesto about?

The Capitalist Manifesto (2023) delves into the transformative power of free markets, arguing that capitalism has historically led to unprecedented prosperity and technological progress. It asserts that the global free market system holds the key to solving world challenges, emphasizing capitalism’s role in fostering economic growth and innovation.

Who should read The Capitalist Manifesto?

  • Economics students interested in capitalism’s global impact
  • Business professionals exploring market-driven growth strategies
  • Free-market enthusiasts and capitalism advocates

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Too Big to Fail

Andrew Ross Sorkin
The Inside Story of how Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves
4.0 (107 ratings)
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What's Too Big to Fail about?

Too Big to Fail (2009) draws you into the heart of the 2008 financial crisis, revealing the high-stakes decisions and power struggles that shaped the world's economic landscape at that time. This gripping narrative untangles a complex web of financial intrigue, and will help you understand the forces that drove one of the most tumultuous periods in financial history.

 

Who should read Too Big to Fail?

  • Finance professionals interested in economic crisis insights
  • History buffs exploring twenty-first-century financial events
  • Business students studying real-world corporate strategy

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Milton Friedman by Jennifer Burns

Milton Friedman

Jennifer Burns
The Last Conservative
4.2 (152 ratings)
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What's Milton Friedman about?

Milton Friedman (2023) provides a nuanced biography of the influential free-market economist. Tracing Friedman's groundbreaking work across diverse policy areas, it explores his instrumental role in the rise of modern American conservatism and free market ideology. 

Who should read Milton Friedman?

  • Those looking to understand the roots of modern neoliberalism
  • Students of public policy and political history
  • Anyone interested in impactful, paradigm-shifting thinkers

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Good for Business by Andrew Benett et al.

Good for Business

Andrew Benett et al.
The Rise of the Conscious Corporation
3.8 (8 ratings)
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What's Good for Business about?

Good for Business (2009) delves into the transformative journey of modern corporations, underscoring their shift toward prioritizing purpose beyond profit, humanized leadership, corporate consciousness, and collaborative partnerships. It illustrates how these key elements are essential in building a strong, authentic corporate brand that not only attracts loyal customers but also makes a meaningful social difference. This approach positions corporate culture and social responsibility at the heart of brand strategy.

Who should read Good for Business?

  • Business leaders seeking corporate transformation insights
  • Corporate social responsibility advocates
  • Entrepreneurs interested in sustainable business practices

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

The Society of the Spectacle

Guy Debord
3.8 (64 ratings)
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What's The Society of the Spectacle about?

The Society of the Spectacle (1967) plunges into an intricate world where media, culture, and consumerism converge, shaping perceptions and experiences. It’s a journey through a labyrinth of modern life's illusions, offering insights on discerning reality amidst the dazzling distortions and finding your path in a world awash with reflective deceits.

Who should read The Society of the Spectacle?

  • Critical thinkers and social commentators
  • Students and enthusiasts of political theory
  • Budding philosophers and cultural theorists

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Dream of Solomeo by Brunello Cucinelli

The Dream of Solomeo

Brunello Cucinelli
My Life and the Idea of Humanistic Capitalism

What's The Dream of Solomeo about?

In "The Dream of Solomeo," Brunello Cucinelli shares the inspiring story of how he transformed a small, medieval village in Italy into a thriving center for art, culture, and ethical business practices. Through his own experiences and reflections, Cucinelli offers valuable insights into the power of creativity, craftsmanship, and community in creating a more meaningful and sustainable way of life. This book is a testament to the potential for positive change and the pursuit of a higher purpose in both business and society.

Who should read The Dream of Solomeo?

  • Readers seeking inspiration from successful entrepreneurial journeys
  • Those with an interest in conscious capitalism
  • Individuals attracted to a blend of philosophy and business


What's A Companion to Marx's Capital about?

A Companion to Marx's Capital by David Harvey is an essential guide for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Karl Marx's influential work. Harvey offers a detailed analysis of Capital and its relevance to our modern economic and political landscape. With clear explanations and insightful commentary, this book is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and anyone interested in the critique of capitalism.

Who should read A Companion to Marx's Capital?

  • Anyone interested in understanding Marx's critique of capitalism
  • Students and scholars of political economy, sociology, and philosophy
  • Individuals seeking to gain a deeper insight into the workings of the modern economy

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: American Colossus by H. W. Brands

American Colossus

H. W. Brands

What's American Colossus about?

American Colossus by H. W. Brands is a comprehensive history of the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It delves into the rise of industrialization, the expansion of railroads, the emergence of big business, and the impact of these developments on American society and politics. Brands offers a compelling analysis of this transformative period in American history.

Who should read American Colossus?

  • Readers interested in the history of the United States
  • Individuals who want to gain insights into the rise of American industrialization
  • Those curious about the impact of business tycoons and their influence on society

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek

Platform Capitalism

Nick Srnicek

What's Platform Capitalism about?

Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek explores the rise of digital platforms such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, and their impact on the economy and society. Srnicek argues that these platforms have transformed the way we produce and consume goods and services, creating new forms of power and control. He also discusses the potential for alternative, more democratic forms of platform capitalism.

Who should read Platform Capitalism?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking to understand the dynamics of platform business models
  • Business professionals looking to adapt their strategies to the digital age
  • Policy makers and regulators who want to grasp the implications of platform capitalism

What's Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism about?

Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism by Fredric Jameson explores the complexities of postmodernism and its relationship to late capitalism. Jameson delves into the ways in which cultural and artistic expressions reflect and interact with the economic and social structures of our time, offering a thought-provoking analysis of our contemporary world.

Who should read Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism?

  • Readers with an interest in cultural theory and sociology
  • Those looking to understand the impact of late capitalism on art and popular culture
  • Individuals who enjoy challenging and thought-provoking analysis of contemporary society

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Limits to Capital by David Harvey

The Limits to Capital

David Harvey

What's The Limits to Capital about?

The Limits to Capital (1982) by David Harvey offers a critical analysis of the dynamics of capitalist accumulation. Harvey examines how capital operates within the framework of Marxian economics, exploring its spatial and temporal dimensions. He argues that the inherent contradictions and limits of capital accumulation lead to recurring crises and uneven development. This thought-provoking book challenges conventional economic theories and provides valuable insights into the workings of the global economy.

Who should read The Limits to Capital?

  • Individuals interested in understanding the inner workings of capital and capitalism
  • Academics and students studying economics, political economy, or sociology
  • Anyone looking to critically analyze and challenge the current economic system

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood

The Origin of Capitalism

Ellen Meiksins Wood

What's The Origin of Capitalism about?

The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood explores the historical development of capitalism and challenges conventional theories about its origins. Wood argues that capitalism did not emerge naturally from the growth of trade and commerce, but rather was a result of specific social and political conditions in Europe. This thought-provoking book offers a unique perspective on the economic system that has shaped the modern world.

Who should read The Origin of Capitalism?

  • Individuals interested in understanding the historical roots of modern economic systems
  • Academics, students, and researchers studying political economy or economic history
  • Readers looking to challenge and deepen their understanding of capitalism and its social implications

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Capitalism & The Free Market Books: The Mystery of Capital by Hernando de Soto

The Mystery of Capital

Hernando de Soto

What's The Mystery of Capital about?

The Mystery of Capital by Hernando de Soto delves into the crucial role of property rights in economic development. Through extensive research and analysis, the book explores how the lack of formal property rights in many developing countries hinders their citizens from unlocking the true potential of their assets. De Soto offers insightful solutions to address this issue and argues that property rights are essential for creating inclusive and prosperous societies.

Who should read The Mystery of Capital?

  • Individuals interested in understanding the role of property rights in economic development
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners looking to navigate the challenges of informal economies
  • Policy makers and government officials seeking solutions for poverty and inequality

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